Google and YouTube would apparently be limited to the ‘public’ internet, and mobile broadband falls outside the purview of the proposal. Opposing groups immediately questioned whether the private internet would start to crowd an underfunded, ignored public internet. And what does this mean for artists? Comments are just trickling in, though Future of Music Coalition policy strategist Casey Rae-Hunter pointed to the need for greater regulatory backbone and definition - not a handshake between private companies. “There is some question about how the so-called ‘public internet’ would continue to grow and develop alongside the ‘additional online services’ hinted at in the proposal,” Rae-Hunter offered.
If the FCC does not establish clear rules on net neutrality without “fast lane” exemptions, which lane will music tech innovators be allowed to travel in? “There is also some question about how the so-called ‘public internet’ - described in today’s Verizon-Google conference call - would continue to grow and develop alongside the ‘additional online services’ hinted at in the proposal,” says Casey Rae-Hunter, Communications Director and Policy Strategist for Future of Music Coalition. “Today’s events serve to further highlight the need for an appropriate regulatory framework that would clarify what is and isn’t acceptable online.
Verizon-Google has issued its “regulatory framework” proposal for the internet, which, according to our friends at the Future of Music Coalition, has amplified the dialogue and debate about net neutrality, a subject about which we are all very concerned. FMC took the announcement as an opportunity to reiterate their basic stance on the open internet and musicians which you can read here.
This post was researched and assembled by FMC policy, legal and communications interns Alexandra Wood, Gloria Ho and Rachel Smith.
On Monday, August 9, 2010, Verizon and Google released a joint proposal for a legislative framework for broadband internet service. Although the proposal has no legal effect on its own, it is important to understand because it could serve as a model for future legislation or FCC rulemaking. We weighed in yesterday via a short media statement, which you can read here. read more
WASHINGTON, DC—Today, two of America’s biggest internet companies, Google and Verizon, revealed the terms of a privately-reached proposal intended to serve as a legislative framework for net neutrality. Currently, the FCC is considering ways to reassert its basic authority to regulate broadband and protect the open internet. This afternoon’s announcement from Google and Verizon follows the recent collapse of talks between the Commission and internet stakeholders meant to arrive at a regulatory consensus.
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If you've been paying any attention to music biz news this week, you've no doubt stumbled across an item (or ten) about Google OneBox -- the web search company's bold foray into the world of on-demand music. While many of the reports focus on what this new service means for fans hungry to hear tunes with one-click, they don't often drill down into what this might mean for artists and songwriters.
OneBox has already launched, so you could just go try it out right now. Or, you could read what our vigorous research revealed about the new venture. OK, it wasn't really that vigorous -- we simply entered a band into the Google search bar to see what happened next. read more
It works for beanie babies and baseball cards, why not for chunks of the broadcast spectrum? Google has proposed the FCC set up a real-time auction system for part of the broadcast TV spectrum that will likely go on sale in 2009 as UHF stations (channels 51-69) vacate traditional broadcasting frequencies for digital broadcasting. The change over is mandated by law.
The spectrum real estate will be particularly valuable to companies wanting to set up new wireless broadband networks. read more